Braehead Clan forward Stefan Meyer believes there will be a mixture of nerves and excitement for Neil Trimm as he returns to Glasgow with new club Coventry Blaze on Saturday.
The two men were a huge part of Braehead’s success in finishing second place last season, resulting in qualification to the Champions Hockey League.
But although Meyer regarded his former team-mate as ‘a good friend’, he’s pinpointed him as a threat when Chuck Weber brings his team to Scotland on Saturday.
He said: “‘Trimmer’ is a good friend of mine and I really enjoyed playing with him last year. When you’re a former player returning to an old building, from my perspective, it’s exciting.
“The nerves are always there that first time and it’ll kind of be slightly emotional, but he’s probably had this before and he’s a very down to earth guy.
“I haven’t had a chance to speak with him a great deal since he went to Coventry, but he’s very positive and that’s what he’ll bring to any team.
“‘Trimmer’ will be a threat for sure – he’s a very offensive player and likes to make steel plays. He’ll definitely be on our radar.”
Blaze haven’t had the best of starts to the campaign, following on from their winning the play-offs at the end of last season.
Out of the Challenge Cup, they are currently bottom of the Elite League table, but are only four points from fourth placed Sheffield Steelers as things stand.
Meyer refuses to take that into account as he looks ahead to Saturday’s game and believes working hard will be the key to success.
He added: “Coventry come to us as the team at the bottom of the standings and I don’t think you can read too much into how things stand. The problem is people do.
“It’s such a long year and you’re going to see teams go on runs and have rough times. Anybody that’s played in this country knows it’s different to anywhere else and it’s exciting to watch.
“It’s going to go right down to the end, but all you can do is worry about yourself. Working hard is a big thing and only good things can come from that.”
Clan face Coventry this Saturday at Braehead Arena (7:00pm face-off). For tickets go to braeheadclan.com.
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